S.F. INDIE FEST 15—“THE REVISIONARIES,” “BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO,” & “GHOSTS WITH SH*T JOBS”Peter Wongbyline‚ Feb. 07‚ 2013
Scott Thurman’s Tribeca Film Festival award-winning documentary “The Revisionaries” turns a technical bureaucratic struggle into a real-life horror story. Young lives are at stake despite the lack of physical violence. The Texas State Board of Education regularly reviews the standards it uses for vetting public school textbooks for possible purchase. Whatever textbooks meet these standards will get bought, and the information contained within them will be taught to Texas’ public schoolchildren. Among the Texas State Board of Education members are Chairman Don Mc Elroy and Cynthia Dunbar. They’re leading a strong bloc of conservative members determined to enact standards aimed at discrediting the theory of evolution and promoting an ultra-conservative spin on American history. The film follows the public struggles between the conservative extremists and the liberal Texas Freedom Network to determine what the future of American education will look like.